Ripple Effect 71: Water Infrastructure for Indian Country

Heather Tanana, Assistant Research Professor and Wallace Stegner Center Fellow at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, Associate Faculty at Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, walks us through the exciting funding opportunities for Indian Country under the recently passed bipartisan infrastructure bill. Heather brings fantastic professional and personal…

Ripple Effect 70: Corporate Water Stewardship

Cora Kammeyer, Senior Researcher at the Pacific Institute, talks us through her organization’s work to implement the UN’s CEO Water Mandate. Great discussion of the state of corporate water stewardship and next phases in a changing world.  

Ripple Effect 69: Water for the Lake

Marcelle Shoop, Saline Lakes Program Director for the National Audubon Society, brings welcome news of legal efforts to find a means of bringing water to the Great Salt Lake. The National Audubon Society with working partners Rio Tinto Kennecott, Central Utah Water Conservancy District, Division of Wildlife Resources, received authorization to bring almost 20,000 acre…

Ripple Effect 68: Regenerative Agriculture

Shelby Smith, Master’s Candidate at the UCSB Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, walks us through her recent research for The Nature Conservancy’s Colorado River Program about the state of regenerative agriculture and its impact on water conservation. A great discussion identifying the gaps in what we do and don’t know about a promising…

Ripple Effect 67: That’s a WRAP

Ralph Wurbs, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Texas A&M University discusses the State’s Water Rights Analysis Package (“WRAP”) modeling system. Ralph dives into the many ways the state of Texas uses one statewide modeling program to both inform state water resources planning and water permit management. An extremely useful tool!

Ripple Effect 66: Environmental Rights

Fascinating discussion with James R. May, Distinguished Professor of Law at Widener University of Delaware, unpacking the components of what it means to recognize environmental rights. Great look at rethinking the function of our democracy to recognize and promote an innate right to a clean and healthy environment and a stable climate, and whether nature…

Ripple Effect 65: Riparian Rights 101

Joseph Dellapenna, former Professor of Law at the Charles Widger School of Law at Villanova, current visiting Professor of Law at Beijing University in their school of national law, talks us through the history and application of Riparian water rights doctrine.  

Ripple Effect 64: Happy Cows

Lewis Heaton of the North Dakota Grazing Land Coalition speaks with us about his association’s practices for bringing modern grazing methods to North Dakota and alternative revenue streams for grazing operations.

Ripple Effect 63: Agricultural Efficiencies

Matt Yost, Assistant Professor, Agroclimate Extension Specialist, of Utah State University, gives a great breakdown of contemporary agricultural efficiency tools and techniques. He talks us through several different kinds of irrigation techniques as well as modern management and operations procedures. Agricultural efficiency is a key goal of western water policy and this is a fantastic…